Brown Asked for ''Jeans Day'' Probe

April 22, 2010

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Cook County's watchdog is investigating the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office over a controversial fundraising program. But Clerk Dorothy Brown  says she asked for the probe into the so-called "Jeans Day."

It usually happened on the last Friday of each month: Brown's employees would pay two bucks for the privilege to wear jeans.

Brown's office says the money went to charity, but workers reportedly complained there was little accountability, and they were pressured to take part.

Brown says those accusations are "lies."

BROWN: Everything was above-board and nothing was done wrong, so because we felt very confident in that, we wanted an independent inspector general to take a look at it.

Brown says the allegations of Jeans Day impropriety were purely political - designed to hurt her bid for Cook County Board President.

BROWN: No good deed goes unpunished.

She says there is still a "Jeans Day," but she stopped asking for donations in January.